Melted Backgrounds and Accents with Paper Crafter Crayons™
As soon as I laid eyes on the beautiful colors of the Paper Crafter Crayons™, I just knew I wanted to try a new technique! Each card today began with a simple melted background.
To create the backgrounds, color directly onto a hot mini craft iron (I found mine in the wearable arts section of my local craft store) using Paper Crafter Crayons™. The color melts onto the iron and as you swipe the iron across your paper, the color transfers to the paper. I used glossy cardstock which allowed the melted color to move easily across the page. Start with your lightest colors and add in your darker colors. Try patting the paper with the iron for unique effects or swirl the iron across the page. The wax dries quickly and has a beautiful shine!
Once your backgrounds are complete (and trust me, you are going want to make lots- it’s sooo fun), here are a few ways to use them on your cards.
DIE CUT NEGATIVES- Arrange your die cuts onto white cardstock and cut. Instead of using the individual butterflies, use the piece they were cut from (negative). Layer this piece of cardstock on top of your melted background using dimensional adhesive. NOTE: This technique/card is 100% inspired by THIS amazing card by Dina Kowal.
DIE CUT AN IMAGE- Die cut an image from your melted background. By using a Spellbinders die that embosses the outer edges of the image, some of the melted wax background is removed, revealing a nice white border around the image.
Hugs and Happy Stamping… and Melting! J
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft:
Stamper’s Big Brush Pen (199 Black)
Penny Black Stamps:
3177F The Journey, 3393D Tiniest
30-026 Tiny Wishes, 30-113 Petal Party
Embossing Folders (Sizzix, Cuttlebug), Spellbinders Die Cuts (Foliage, Labels 11, Butterflies Two), Tim Holtz Alterations Die (Stylized Labels), glossy paper, colored cardstock, button, twine, ribbon, pearls
Jill Foster Always looking for fresh inspiration, Jill turns stamped images into true works of art. As her “Inspired By” blog followers know, Jill has a beautiful style and an unparalleled love of paper crafting. She also designs for Penny Black stamps and loves to share her passion for paper, color and stamping through video and photo tutorials.